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The Second Ferryman from New London to Groton,CT
1654 , New London Colony
From THE GROTON STORY by Carol Kimball,1965, page 12.
"After five years Edward Messenger was designated to run a ferry. . . When he moved to Winsor, the new ferryman chosen was Cary Latham, who had been with (John Winthrop, Jr.) from the beginning. Latham began service in 1654, living in a house by the ferry landing opposite Winthrop's Neck." (on the Groton side, south of Broad Street, Eastern Point.)
From page 36.
"In Cary Latham's 50-year lease of the ferry, 1655, he agreed to provide a boat large enough for a man and a horse. His son-in-law, John Leeds, later ran the ferry and in 1861 another son-in-law, Hugh Hubbard took over; the equipment was tehn one horse canoe and three small canoes. Hubbard's successor, Jonathan Williams, had a scow which carried five horses adn was first to use a sail.
When the Latham lease expired in 1703 New London transferred the ferry monopoly to the frammar school; tolls would help pay the teacher's salary.
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